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Broncos Draw Mustangs in Exhibition Game

Courtesy: Nathan Palcowski, Staff Writer
Release: 10/06/2012
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KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Western Michigan hockey fans and students came out in flocks to watch the defending CCHA Tournament champions battle the Western Ontario Mustangs. The two teams battled to a 2-2 draw with Western Ontario winning the resulting shootout 1-0.

WMU picked up goals from Nolan LaPorte and Dane Walters on the night, while Frank Slubowski played the whole game and made 18 saves.

LaPorte game WMU a 1-0 lead at 6:32 in the first period. The freshman forward took a pass from Will Kessel in the left circle and skated in on Mustang goalie Josh Unice and snuck it between his legs.

Western Ontario tied the game up with 5:21 left in the first period on a power play goal. The Mustangs had a 5-on-3 advantage that expired just seconds before the goal. Matt Marantz fired a shot on net and there was a pile-up in front of the crease when the puck fell to Matt Asham and he punched it in.

WMU retook the lead minute later on a 5-on-3 power play goal. Freshman defenseman Kenney Morrison had a shot deflected to the left of the net but Walters was sitting right there to bang it home at 17:30.

With just under three minutes left in the second period Adam McKee netted the game-tying goal off an assist from Ryan Kirk. Kirk was skating after a loose puck and Slubowski came out to play it but Kirk beat him too it. Kirk flipped the puck towards the net and McKee found it to punch it into an open goal.

The intensity picked up in the third period with both teams combining for eight penalties in the period. WMU had their chance when Chase Balisy made some impressive moves on the Mustang defenders and had a one on one attempt when he sailed the puck wide. Both teams still remained tied as WMU headed to overtime, where neither team could take advantage of the extra stanza.

In the shootout two times WMU missed off the post. First was Chase Balisy who banged the puck off the left side post, while Ben Miller the next time up knocked one of the right post.

WMU doubled the shots of Western Ontario, out shooting the Mustangs 46-20 and out shooting them every period. Penalties also played an important part to the loss as WMU committed 11. There were 23 penalties overall.

Western Michigan begins the regular season next Friday, as the Broncos take on Saint Lawrence in a weekend series beginning on October, 12 at Lawson Arena. Puck drop is at 7:05.